International Summer School Courses UK - Sherborne International

Summer Courses

Our international summer school courses are for students aged 8-17. The summer courses are intensive and academic, but as well as working hard, students also have lots of fun with an extensive choice of sports, activities and excursions.

Summer course options

Very small class sizes (5 – 8 students) and an overall staff-student ratio of 1:3, mean that parents can relax knowing their children are safe, happy, learning and well looked after in a caring, family environment.

Our international summer school courses are located in the UK town of Sherborne, surrounded by beautiful English countryside. All our summer courses are based on the same high-quality standards as our year-round courses.

Written academic and house reports are sent to parents every two weeks and all students receive a certificate of attendance.

The summer course in Sherborne was one of the best things that I have ever done in my life. I never thought that I would have so much fun while doing classes. Everybody is so nice here and the memories and friends I made here will stay in my heart forever.
Azucena, 14 – Paraguay

Summer Courses – 2018 Dates

All our international summer school courses last for two, three, four, six or eight weeks:

  • 4 July – for 2, 4, 6, 7 or 8 weeks
  • 18 July – for 2, 4, 5 or 6 weeks
  • 1 August – for 2, 3 or 4 weeks
  • 15 August – for 2 weeks

Arrival and departure days are Wednesdays.

Summer Courses – 2018 Fees

Please view our International Summer School Courses 2018 Brochure for more information.

It was one of the best experiences in my life.
Lledo, 15 – Spain

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Intensive English Summer Language Course, plus subjects

Our Intensive English Summer Language Course, the first of its kind aimed at international students, has been running in the UK for over 25 years.

It is aimed at international students aged 8-17 who:

  • Wish to improve the fluency and accuracy of their spoken and written English
  • Are considering joining a British independent school and wish to improve their English in this context, including exposure to some more academic language through the subject lessons
  • Are already at a UK school but want to enhance their English language skills
  • Want to sample independent school life and culture in England while socialising with students from different nationalities
  • Want to acclimatise themselves or receive a boost by enrolling on Sherborne Summer prior to starting at a UK school in September

With English plus the addition of several lessons in different subjects – such as sciences, maths, history, geography, cultural studies, art, drama and computing – this intensive course gives a taste of our academic year programme.

The variety of content and language is much appreciated by the students. They enjoy the interactive and dynamic lessons whilst developing their English throughout.

Key points about this Intensive English Summer Language Course

  • Very small class sizes (5 – 8 students)
  • 30 lessons a week
  • Optional additional individual tuition available
  • Full programme of sports, afternoon and evening activities
  • Two excursions a week (including study trips on alternate Wednesdays for those staying more than two weeks)
  • All Common European Framework language levels offered from beginner (A1) to advanced (C2)

Students can enrol for 2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 weeks. If students intend to join a UK boarding school, we recommend a minimum of four weeks to gain the best benefit from this preparation. We run classes to the end of August, which are ideal for those about to start their new school in September.

What can I tell you about this place?
If you want to send your children to improve their English, send them here.
Fedor, 14 – Russia

Intensive English Summer Language Course – 2018 Dates

Our Intensive English Summer Language Course lasts for two, three, four, six or eight weeks:

  • 4 July – for 2, 4, 6, 7 or 8 weeks
  • 18 July – for 2, 4, 5 or 6 weeks
  • 1 August – for 2, 3 or 4 weeks
  • 15 August – for 2 weeks

Arrival and departure days are Wednesdays.

Intensive English Summer Language Course – 2018 Fees

Please view our Summer School Courses 2018 Brochure for more information.

The summer course was really interesting and helpful to improve my English.
Nour, 13 – Switzerland

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Preparation for GCSE or IGCSE Summer Course

This Preparation for GCSE or IGCSE Summer Course gives international students starting (or thinking about starting) IGCSE or GCSE courses the support they need to acquire skills vital to success.

Key points about this summer school course

  • For students aged 8-17
  • Very small class sizes (5 – 8 students)
  • 30 lessons per week: 22hr 30m
  • Six lessons in each of four chosen subjects plus six lessons of drama
  • Essential study skills
  • Experience of practical science
  • Optional additional individual tuition classes available
  • Full programme of sports, afternoon and evening activities
  • Two excursions a week (including study trips on alternate Wednesdays for those staying more than two weeks)
  • For students with CEFR level B1 and above

For their subjects, students can choose four from: biology, chemistry, physics, maths, history, English and English literature.

Lessons give an introduction to the kinds of content and skills each subject will need at IGCSE / GCSE level. For example, in science, students do experiments and learn how to describe what they did and explain the conclusions they reached in the same way as they will need to do for the exam course. In history, students look at evidence and how to examine sources and write up and explain their findings – skills that are important irrespective of the actual period to be studied.

Throughout, students develop their use of the English language appropriate for studying and for life in a boarding school and the UK generally while socialising with others of many different nationalities. Students learn to analyse texts, develop research skills and present conclusions and results orally, in debates or in written form. Drama lessons help increase confidence in speaking and performing.

Students can come for the whole eight weeks or can register for 2, 3, 4, or 6 weeks. For a thorough preparation, we recommend as much time as possible. You can study the same four subjects for the whole time, or may choose different subjects in different two-week sections.

My teachers were wonderful, they were very kind, and if I asked a question they explained until I understood.
Sayata, 14 – Japan

2018 Dates – Preparation for GCSE or IGCSE Summer Course

Our Preparation for GCSE or IGCSE Summer Course lasts for two, three, four, six or eight weeks:

  • 4 July – for 2, 4, 6, 7 or 8 weeks
  • 18 July – for 2, 4, 5 or 6 weeks
  • 1 August – for 2, 3 or 4 weeks
  • 15 August – for 2 weeks

Arrival and departure days are Wednesdays.

Fees

Please view our Summer School Courses 2018 Brochure for more information.

You know, I couldn’t stand studying Maths, but our teacher made me fall in love with it.
Sofiya, 15 – Russia

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A level or IB Preparation Summer Course

This A level or IB Preparation Summer Course is designed to help international students starting A Level or IB Diploma courses settle into their new school courses more quickly and confidently.

It will improve their chances of gaining good grades early in the course – a real help with final results and university applications.

Key points about this A level or IB Preparation Summer Course

  • For students aged 8-17
  • Very small class sizes (5 – 8 students)
  • 30 lessons per week = 22 hours, 30 minutes
  • Six lessons in each of four of the following subjects, plus six lessons of drama:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Maths
    • History
    • English
    • English literature
  • Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay for IB Diploma
  • Essential study skills
  • Experience of practical science
  • Optional additional individual tuition classes available
  • Full programme of sports, afternoon and evening activities
  • Two excursions a week (including study trips on alternate Wednesdays for those staying more than two weeks)
  • For students with CEFR level B2 and above

Lessons cover the basic components and techniques of each subject, plus the style of working at this level. Practical skills, written requirements and effective study habits relevant in each subject are emphasised.

Students develop their use of English language appropriate for studying and for life in a UK boarding school while socialising with students from many different nationalities. They learn to analyse texts, develop research skills and present conclusions and results verbally and in written form. Drama lessons help increase confidence with speaking and presentation.

Students can come for the whole eight weeks or can register for 2, 3, 4, or 6 weeks. For a thorough preparation, we recommend as much time as possible. You can study the same four subjects for the whole time, or choose different subjects in different two-week sections.

The pre A-Level course was a new experience for me but I enjoyed every minute of the lessons!
Maria, 15 – Russia

 2018 Dates – Preparation for A Level or IB Diploma Summer Course

Our Preparation for A Level or IB Diploma Summer Course lasts for two, three, four, six or eight weeks:

  • 4 July – for 2, 4, 6, 7 or 8 weeks
  • 18 July – for 2, 4, 5 or 6 weeks
  • 1 August – for 2, 3 or 4 weeks
  • 15 August – for 2 weeks

Arrival and departure days are Wednesdays.

Fees

Please view our Summer School Courses 2018 Brochure for more information.

The teachers were amazing (like every year) and really prepared me for school life in Britain.
Emily, 16 – Germany

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